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1TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S $299 Delivered @ Microsoft Store

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Is $299 on sale, has been slightly cheaper before but required eBay Plus or use of coupons.
Includes free shipping.

In before commenters do this for me, yes it's more expensive than other NVME SSDs but is currently the only way to play series X games using velocity architecture.

Any other SSD or normal HDD in an enclosure is only good enough for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, however can act as storage of Series X/S games to save deleting re-downloading.

Given the E3 press conference this morning, I think it's a fair bet that a lot of Gamepass holders will be using the limit of their 1TB internal storage very shortly with upcoming releases coming to Gamepass on day 1.

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    Price in title

  • +41 votes

    $300 is hard to justify at this point still with just 50 off the RRP.
    its still cheaper to get a SSD enclosure and use the storage space on that, copy games to or from the internal NVME as required when playing games.

    I have my Xbox setup with 2x2.5"SSD Raid0 USB for external storage space, which is ample space and speed as is.

    but a deal is a deal, so this $50 off might benefit someone.

    • +9 votes

      Not sure why you were down voted, your comment is justified.

    • +4 votes

      yeah you don't know how fast a good NVME drive is I have a gen 4 pcie ssd it does 5000mbps read and 4000mbps write, it costed me about 350 at the time.

      There is not Raid 0 sata setup that cn match those speeds, thing is we dont' know what kind of NVME drive the seagate xbox drive is I assumg it wouldn't a fast as mine but it would definatlly be fasters than any sata usb setup in raid 0 or not.

      The problem is people don't understand why it costs the price it costs, so they compare it with cheap technology like sata drives in raid 0.,….. OVER USB!! to be the same speed!!

      • +2 votes

        Im well aware since i stated the XBOX is NVME, (albe it SSD tech but I mentioned it to show a clear difference in protcol between them)

        that said, my raid0 on it is simply storage, the games I want to store for a while and get to next, move them to the NVME and play, done? then move them to the SSD for later if i ever want to go back to them.

        that's all the XBOX needs, just a store area for your games. that's solely the point I was trying to get across is all. :)
        (the speeds are just 'enough' for me over usb to move data back and forth)

        so to me, the external storage (that is NVME again here) is fast, but again. why? when you can just play off the internal Nvme.
        its just throwing money away.

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          This one is also PCIe 4.0 though, which is quite an expensive technology on its own

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          if all you are doing is "backing up games" then there is no need all saves are backed up to the xbox live cloud storage when your finished with the game all you do is delele it from the system and download it later when you want to again. the benefit of having the extra 1tb NVME drive is to have 2tb of fast ssd storage so you can have multiple games you play on the same time. For me 1tb is not enough storage being a streamer I need to have many games ready to go at a moments notice with out having to download it again to play it.

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            @kungfuman: As a data hoarder, i like my full library accessable at all times. STEAM, Uplay, Origin, BattleNet, xbox, playstation.
            Across them all its about 20TB of data alone.

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      Agreed.

      I just picked one up for $200 from Gumtree.
      $359.95 is just too much.

      i.e. XBox Series S (whole system) $499
      1Tb Expansion Card $359.95

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    You should probably add the storage size in title

  • +4 votes

    PS5 needs this so badly. It’s pricey, but im glad Xbox did this.

    • +4 votes

      PS5 has a generic NVME SSD slot which isn't usable yet but should be sometime this year

      • +1 vote

        You seen the likely prices of a 1tb drive though? It’s higher than this!

        • +5 votes

          Um… based on past OZB deals:

          https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/611228
          https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/609169

          They appear cheaper and those are PCIe gen4 x4 NVMe SSDs. Compared to these Seagate PCIe gen3 x4 (or gen4 x2 - if you really want to trick your brain - but same bandwidth anyway).

          Would you pay $299 for 1TB NVMe SSD that's technically slightly inferior than WD Blue NVMe SSD? Not to mention Series S|X is probably the only type of device you can use it. Don't get me wrong. I have a Series X, but the expansion storage price is a rip off at the moment.

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            @netsurfer: Where did you get the bandwidth/speed info? I'd like to have a read if you can post it. I assumed these and internal were all high speed nvme gen4.

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              @scud70: Series X uses a custom WD Blue SN530 SSD:

              https://www.tweaktown.com/news/76132/xbox-series-xs-wd-sn530...

              PCIe gen4 x2 has the same bandwidth as PCIe gen3 x4. Anyway, we know the internal SSD is DRAMless. That is not unexpected given Series X has ample memory. I reckon PS5 uses DRAMless SSD as well (with a custom design having the bandwidth between PCIe gen3 x4 and PCIe gen4 x4). However, it has more priority levels than a standard NVMe SSD, that's why expansion SSD needs to be a PCIe gen4 x4 SSD.

              PS5 titles feel faster to load, especially first party ones (and some third party ones). Single player games benefit a lot from the fast storage. XBox Series X, while Quick Resume is good, I am noticing it is getting less reliable with recent firmware updates and majority of Series X first party games have network elements, which negates the fast storage (our NBN just isn't that fast).

              This expansion is basically CFexpress 2.0. The specs states: PCIe 3.0 x4 (4.0GB/s full duplex).

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                @netsurfer: Well then if the Ps5 ssds turn out cheaper it'll force MS to do similar prices… We can hope for that

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            @netsurfer: Ah yeah, but that’s OZB pricing, the rrp of this compared to the rrp of some high speed ps5 compatible ones is comparable

  • +9 votes

    For those with Suncorp benefits you can pay for this using 9% off discounted Xbox gift cards. Also wouldn't hurt to try cashback which would also give you back a few dollars.

    End price $272.09 + ~$5 cashback

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      I didn’t think of that, 10% off Xbox vouchers through Sunsuper so $270 + $3 admin fee for 3x $100 cards. Deal done as I was filling the internal drive up.

      Forgot cash rewards as always…

  • +3 votes

    I need one for my Series S but very hard to justify at this price given i got my Series S for $250 second hand. plenty of Series S's going between $300 and $400 on FB and GT.

    • +4 votes

      DAMN! U made a real bargain at 250$.

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      I wanted to buy a series s but really not sure if its going to be an issue.. tempted to rather just get the One S 1tb and maybe add an ssd in that.. only need it for plex and some family game stuff.. i game on my pc.

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        You get still add an harddrive to the series S. You just can't play optimised games on external harddrives, and fortunately, there isn't many yet. But you'll need to manage storage when you feel like changing it up.

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      Yeah, same position. I get the tech makes it super expensive, but it's kinda hard to justify an ssd that cost your whole console.

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      Where’d you get it for $250?

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        Facebook market place

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      I'm in the exact same boat, can't justify it

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    Anyone know if JB will pricematch?

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      JB price matched this morning. No problems.

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    Thanks OP. Will combine with amex offer to get further 20% off.

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      I was considering that too. What else are you buying to make up the $400 minimum?

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        Gift card and will think about it later.

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          Where are the gift cards on the MS site? I can't find them :(

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            @bdl: Try xbox.com? It's marked as xbox gift card but will show up as normal Microsoft account balance once redeemed.

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      What's the AMEX offer. I have an AMEX card and about to buy one for myself.

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    This kind of price surge was predictable they announced a proprietary SSD format to go with the “Series” boxes.

    I fear that PS5’s selective NVMe cards won’t be cheap either.

    • +2 votes

      I hope the PS6 uses punchcards.

    • +4 votes

      How loose? How small?

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        Haha

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        You plug it in.

        Xbox error: is it in yet?

      • -1 vote

        What's with all the hate? Lol. It's really small. Very easy to misplaced it when you remove it , when you take it to your friends house or families Xbox or you let kids handle it. Goodbye $299. It will happen maybe not you but to others it will .You know it's true. There is no need for hate.

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          I can’t speak for others but if I owned one it’d just stay permanently in my console. I wouldn’t be buying it to hot swap and move stuff around.

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            @Smigit: and if you run out of space just use a standard USB external drive to backup games you don't play to make room for more. Then copy them back to the storage if they need to be played from there without having to redownload them.

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    I really need one of these, but for $300 it's just too much. Game Pass just offers so many great games, my hdd is full.

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      My internal (XboxSX) and 500gig external ssd is full hahahaha

      • +1 vote

        I don't get the joke? What's funny?

        • +1 vote

          Dad jokes … we laugh at everything

  • +2 votes

    I might just buy another series s :P

  • +3 votes

    Better off spending the money on a faster Nbn connection lol

    • +1 vote

      Well we’re in Australia so that doesn’t apply.

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    Other drives will naturally be cheaper, but don’t forget half the point of this drive is that it’s considered an internal drive by the Xbox and you can store and run games directly from it.

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      I'll be blunt. It is CFexpress 2.0 (PCIe 3.0 x4) with a DRAMless SSD inside (roughly equivalent to WD Blue SN530, yes SN530, not SN550). While I get the reason behind it, it still doesn't feel that good to buy a 1TB CFexpress 2.0 SSD basically just for a console. Not at this price point.

      I have a Series X. I don't see a need to get one right now. Microsoft, just allow us to play games released for XBox One|S|X but patched for Series S|X on our external hard drive for now (with QuickResume), rather than force us to play them on the SSD (which honestly, those games do not support DirectStorage so it is somewhat a waste).

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    I remember PS3 launching with like 20GB-80GB of space and it was way too much than you actually need. Now 1000GB for us is not enough. How quickly times change…

    • +1 vote

      Back then most games still run of the bluray disc now none do that anymore. It was 20gb and 60gb, the 60gb was $1000 back in march 2007.

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      Switch out there coming with 32GB …

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        Switch does not use discs. It uses cartridges which are much faster than discs and most of the game runs of the cartridge.

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    I have the series s pair with a 1tb ssd over usb loaded with games from xbox pass. Super happy with it.

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    Digital Foundry did a comparison of the different storage solutions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y-Fy1Q2O2k

    They also did it for the PS5

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    Not knocking the deal, but this is just a CFexpress card. Hopefully one day we'll get a working m.2 adapter for this port.

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    Xbox Series X & Series S storage Guide

    1tb isn't much these days. 2tb would be expensive if they ever release one. Though unfortunately this at the moment is the only way to add additional storage to play Xbox Series and Xbox One upgraded games. Much like the PlayStation Vita and there exclusive Sony memory cards.

  • +1 vote

    For Telstra customers with a bunch of rewards points to burn, they offer these as one of the redeemable items. 120k points which is a decent amount. Currently I’m a bit over 80k points and could cash those out and pay $120 to bridge the gap to grab one of these.

    Worth a look for customers, especially if you’ve gained a stack of points in some of their promos in the past.

    I haven’t done the math to determine if the 120k points is a good way to spend the points dollar wise, but if you have them and don’t want to drop $300 on storage, well why not.

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    Tempting as I’ll definitely need one in some regard in the future with all these game pass games. But I still think it could go a bit lower

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      Also maybe there will be a 2TB model one day

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        And other manufacturers

  • +4 votes

    $199 and I will buy it , until then I will just use a regular SSD to move games back and forward

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      I will definitely consider it for 199$. because I like to hoard games on my consoles even if I play mostly on pc

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      Yep, I need one, but $300 is too rich. $200 and I'm in.

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    I didnt need one … until Microsoft Flight Simulator released next week.

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    I got lucky and got a basically new 'opened the boxed'one off gumtree for $250 6months ago, no regrets. At least there is somewhere to store my collection of excellent games, that I don't play.

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    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/comment/10593723/redir
    Nothing quite like the feel of a plug and play ssd. The locking 'snap-in' sound and feel just feels right.